If you are looking for a place that’s not your typical swirl-then-taste wine bar, then you will want to visit MAX’s Wine Dive. Best known by the slogan “Fried Chicken and Champagne…why the hell not?” The answer is ‘why the hell not indeed!’ MAX’s melds the upscale class of a sophisticated wine bar with a down-to-earth feel of gourmet comfort food, jovial staff, and an eclectic selection of music jamming out on the jukebox.
A recent visit to MAX’s Wine Dive in Austin was a treat for Recession Wines. Sizzle, bubble, and poppity-pop are the sounds you hear upon entering followed closely by the lively uproar of the ‘sassy chic’ clientele sipping their wines and champagnes. Some are introducing their palettes to new bottles and some are rekindling past bottle affairs. Either way, the wines are a must! Oh, and please do yourself a favor and get a bottle of Jade, you won’t regret it. While we did not indulge ourselves at dinner time, merely ravished ourselves on wine, we did get front row seats of where the food came out so we could eye every dish in its runway ready form. There was nothing that didn’t look unappealing. Due to the overwhelming smells from the kitchen, the bison sliders seemed a necessity to order so we loosened our belts and dove in.
We did manage to make it to the phenomenal brunch that is served even for even the late day sleepy heads until 3 p.m. Whether you are looking for a great Sunday brunch just for two, four, or a whole group of your nearest and dearest this is the place to go. You can taste the immense consideration that goes into making each dish a flavorful work of art. From the precise fluffy and runniness of the MAX’s eggs to the lighter than air Brioche French toast, the chef doesn’t leave out a single flavor through out the entire menu. Like all good brunches, mimosas were a requirement. I suggest doing the orange and grapefruit juice mix; it’s a great pick me up with alcohol instead of caffeine.
You can find MAX’s Wine Dive in Austin, Houston, San Antonio and with any luck, a location near you. If you are a local or just happen to visit any of the fore-mentioned cities, stop in for a bite or a glass to relax for 20 minutes out of your day. Jerry Reid is the manager in Austin and will treat you right. Don’t forget you can sign up with The Black Door for their super specials located at any MAX’s Wine Dive and take home your favorite bottles for a portion of the original price.